André Hommen's life script has always had house music at it's center. For over seven years now, he has played an important part within the creative and administrative team behind Dennis Ferrer's New York City based Objektivity imprint and has had the opportunity to develop projects by artists including Ferrer, Ane Brun, Telepopmusik, The Martinez Brothers, Loco Dice, Henrik Schwarz and more. From his debut release on Objektivity in 2009, ‘Marashi’ (a collab with Gorge of the 8bit label) to ‘No Difference’ two years later (a collab with Dennis Ferrer, Objektivity 2011) to his first ever solo EP "The Bottom Line” (Objektivity, 2014) and his most recent work such as Battery Park EP (Objektivity, 2015) and Introspectral EP (Poker Flat, 2015), Andre is committed to making quality productions and remixes, that resonate with both fans and toughest critics alike. We can't wait to hear his amazing skills in Arosa.
Over the last two decades Peter Cornely aka Karotte has become one of the worlds Top DJ's. His passion for music drives him to give 100% at every gig and rock the crowd. As a resident DJ of Coocon Frankfurt, with his DJ Mag award winning radioshow "Karottes Kitchen" and his gigs all over the world, he is one of the headliners where ever he plays and definitely also at Arosa Electronica. Besides his sets in Ibiza, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and so on, he is a big fan of Arosa and has played there for the past 10 years at the legendary Kitchen Club Nights. So its not a big surprise that DJ Karotte has to be part of this years Arosa Electronica.
Percussions, drifty hypnotic beats, a touch of soul and marvellously deep.........house is a feeling and Ray Okpara has his finger firmly on the pulse, leading the way. Whilst his own roots are in Nigeria, it is actually Mannheim, Germany that Ray has helped put on the electronic music map, with a string of stellar productions on hot labels like Cécille, Oslo, Get Physical and Area Remote and an indomitable DJ style that has seen him rock out the world’s great modern clubbing arenas. A crowd teaser and crowd pleaser, constantly rocking it with music to make you smile and lose yourself in the moment, Ray Okpara is coming to get you and there is no hiding place. House music still movin’ and groovin’...
SABB, the Switzerland based DJ and producer is currently building up on the fruit of his success in 2013 & 2014. After launching his upfront, killer releases on labels such as Matthias Tanzmann’s Moon Harbour and Nic Fanculli’s Saved Records or Noir, SABB has been in demand around the globe. The Kosovan born producer and DJ made his name on his signature sound - crisp drum grooves, overheated fat basslines & pitched-down vocal samples. Audiences the world over respond to his tracks and raise their arms to soar on his sound. His 2014 Top10 most Shazamed track in Ibiza “ILLUSIONES” made him one of the most loved producers out there! SABB was #2 Most Charted Artist in February 2015 on the infamous Resident Advisor. Just a few DJs or producers inspire an entire genre with their style alone. SABB definitely made that happen and is now one of the Top Artists in the electronic music scene.
Ruede Hagelstein started paying attention to Electronic Music in the early 90s. Berlin was more than a right place for that. After the wall came down the city became a mekka for party and art lovers. He organised parties and co-founded a well known techno-underground platform in the internet. To focus more on producing music he went to SAE school and got some basic knowledge about sound engineering. Soon he became a Resident DJ at Watergate and joined the agency family. Until today he produced, co-produced, remixed and featured music for Watergate Rec., Upon You Rec., Souvenir Music, Culprit, Noir Music, Keinemusik, Freude am Tanzen, Systematic, Bedrock, Suara and many more.
Doctor Dru is one of the key proponents of the contemporary deep house movement that has swept across Europe and the rest of the world in recent years. He has a rich, multi-layered history, which permeates into his present output; DJing, working as a drummer, running his own label, composing for other acts and, of course, producing his own emotive, wistful signature tracks that have cemented his reputation as a purveyor of the finest in deep house music. Doctor Dru’s tunes will provoke genuine “A-ha” and “Yeah” moments! In 2011, after hours locked away in his studio, Dru conceived modern-day classics such as “Juicy Fruit” and “Anymore” in collaboration with the Adana Twins. In 2012 his hit “The Voice of Dru” established Doctor Dru as one of the contemporary house movement’s main players, arriving via Exploited’s ‘Black Jukebox 03’ compilation. Being a number one charted artist over the course of several months placed him on the right musical path and so his follow-up “2KnowU” EP also managed to nail it in the same year. Remixes on OFF, JEUDI Records (Dru's own Label) and Stil vor Talent followed those two hits together with the success of recent releases including the “Proper Lane” EP as well as a timeless remix of Claptone’s huge hit “No Eyes”. The big club and festival doors soon opened and traveling the globe has led to him representing at some of the world’s most lauded venues such as Warung (Brazil), ZigZag (Paris), Destino and Ushuaia (Ibiza), Watergate (Berlin), Revolver Club (Melbourne), Treehouse (Miami), Loveland Festival (Amsterdam) and a many more.
David Keno’s signature lies in lacing floor-oriented beats with a distinct melodic touch. He is a master of sampled melody, folding and coaxing unexpected sounds into rhythmic accompaniment. The Swiss-born, Berlin-based producer, DJ and label owner had a start like many others, playing the guitar and drums as a youngster, and joining various rock bands, but it was in falling for artists like Mike Oldfield, Pink Floyd and Depeche Mode that he discovered a deep love of electronic music. David burst onto the scene in 2005 when early productions made with a drum machine and a vintage Korg synthesizer were eagerly snapped up by the Pocketgame label, and his debut EP Bubble Bath was released under the artist alias Vernis. Since then David has released original productions under his own name for labels such as Trapez, Stil vor Talent, Morris Audio, and Riva Starr’s Snatch Records imprint, and he is a primary artist of the Trapez and Kindisch label identities. In January 2007 David launched his own flagship imprint Keno Records. KenoRecords01, Liquid, was a huge success, finding favour with many influential DJs. With his recent releases and remixes on labels like Noir, Katermukke, Get Physical and Play it Down he is definitely on the up.
“You become responsible, forever, for what you’ve tamed”, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry writes in his modern fairy tale ‘The Little Prince’, in which his protagonist travels through various worlds in search of friendship and benevolence. The quote is, no doubt, fitting for NIKO SCHWIND, since the Berlin-based DJ and producer consistently demonstrates a deeply an- chored love for and close bond to house music – the art form he himself has tamed. As a DJ, he travels the globe since 2001, having played in Europe, Australia, Thailand, Brazil, the US and Mexico, and in his sets he creates a feeling of con- nectedness between himself and others, as well as within the crowd. His first music on Autist Record in May 2009, gathers the attention of many top DJs, such as Jeremy P. Caulfield, Ivan Smagghe and Mendo. In the spring of 2011 NIKO SCHWIND releases his sophomore album, ‘Good Morning Midnight’, on Stil vor Talent. 2012’s ‘We Are The Future’ EP, which gathers four powerful, multi-facetted house tracks, continues the success story, as Niko updates his sound. On Stil vor Talent, NIKO SCHWIND now presents the fruit of his labour in the from of his third album: ‘Grippin’ World’ capti- vates the listeners with its versatility and coherence, and kidnaps them to a world of sound, made up of elegantly reduced grooves, organic arrangements and accessible vocal-melodies.
Smash TV are Holger Zilske and Kai Preussner. They are passionate gardeners, amateur- baristas, dating coaches and an internationally renowned Liveact-, DJ- and Producer-Team that presents their tongue-in-cheek Hugh Hefner meets Dart Vader-attitude in shows across the globe every weekend. Having been adopted into the Get Physical family as odd cousins 3 years ago, they didn't have much of a choice than to produce their highly acclaimed longplayer "Noise & Girls" to avoid further medical assistance. When not performing, being on the plane or getting the 'al quaida-Special' in customs control, the eclectic duo is wearing white lab coats and tin foil hats in their secret basement studio with a disoriented smile on their faces.
TEENAGE MUTANTS, which used to be a Duo is now a DJ/producer one-man-show based in Mainz/Germany. With colossal bass lines and propelling beats TEENAGE MUTANTS made the jump directly into the dance music chart institution Beatport with their debut release on Off Recordings “Hanging On” in collaboration with Andre Crom. This release reached number one making it the first big hit of 2013. Furthermore, his debut release on New York based Nurvous Records, “Out of Time”, went up to number seven on Beatport. Within a rather short amount of time the TEENAGE MUTANTS have reached respectable heights, and there are several promising releases ready for launch this year on labels such as Off Recordings, Nervous and Stil Vor Talent. We look forward to Teenage Mutants visit in the mountains of Arosa.
There are many musicians who decide to become DJs. BJOERN STOERIG has always been both. With 13 he gets given his first drum kit from his dad, who has played the drums for as long as Bjoern can remember. Soon after he starts DJing in his hometown Braunschweig. Now in 2014, Bjoern is behind the decks more than ever, while also producing his own music and continuing to be the drummer of The Koletzkis. But let’s start from the beginning. After Bjoern spent six years studying photograhy in Cologne, Oliver calls him up to recruit him as the drummer of his newly formed band and live outfit The Koletzkis. After a first gig at the legendary Bar 25, concerts at Sonne Mond Sterne, MELT!, Rock am Ring, Rave on Snow follow.
2010 marked the release of his first record, a remix of Oliver Koletzki’s single ‘Strandbar Berlin’ on Stil vor Talent. Since then, Bjoern has remixed the likes of MÖWE, Animal Trainer, Niko Schwind and Channel X, while a split 12” with Animal Trainer caused waves in the scene in 2012. In the past year he released on Oliver Koletzki’s second label Light my Fire, Stil vor Talent, as well as on Oliver Schories’ Der Turnbeutel. Although his abilities as a producer are ever expanding, the essence will always remain tightly locked within the groove for Bjoern Stoerig.
Boy Next Door, the boys from next door. Against all typical signs of american pop culture, there is a mysterious aesthetic in music and public image of this Producer and DJ based in Berlin. Instead of heart melting sounds, Boy Next Door comes around with deep grooves, knife sharp Hi-Hats and infectious hooks that are a hommage to the 80's and 90's while he always glances into the future. Besides remixes for international artists like Edu Imbernon, Armine Edge and Dan Caster, Boy Next Door convinced with releases on Katermukke and Light my Fire. Boy Next Door is not just around till yesterday, you will hear that in his amazing DJ sets, which catch you with long forgotten Chicago Tracks combined with deep modern House Music. Boy Next Door: black on white, reduced to the essentials.
Frag Maddin was as a teenager on the road with Bands as a Drummer. A bit older he started then as a Resident DJ in a small Cafe in 2007. He got involved more and more with electronic music and with his drummer heart he couldn't be just the Dj, so he started also producing music. His debut "Release de beast" on Druckplatten Records Berlin was sold wide over the national boarders and gave him the opportunity to do a lot of collaborations with other artists. Frag Maddin released since then on labels like Upon You, Definition: Music, Heinz and more. His sets are famous for great groovy mixes with a twist of funk. Let's bring the funk to Arosa.
As Resident DJ of We Love...@Space Ibiza the London Boy Jem Haynes spends the whole summer in Ibiza and plays with DJs like Groove Armada, James Zabiela, Dusky, Hot Since 82, Carl Craig, Joris Vorn,... Since the summer of 2013 he runs his own Music Label "Colour Series" and has released a compilation with 16 tracks and a music video. In 2014 more will come from the Colour Series Label ,different artist EPs are to be released , more Videos and Label parties. In 2015 the Label got the recognition of Pete Tong and Anja Schneider. Both played two tracks of Colour Series in their Radio Shows (BBC 1) and Anja even played them in Clubs. We are looking forward to welcome Jem and his Label Artists again in Arosa since his Labelnight was one of the highlights at the last edition of Arosa Electronica.
Kollektiv KlangGut is a young DJ and Producer from Berlin. Together with his friends from Karera Records he has released tracks and has worked with big producers on remixes for their label. Next to their own label he has released songs on KaterMukke and other German Music labels. He is also one of the Organizers behind Secret Water Open Air, a summer festival just outside of Berlin City with a great line up and great decorations in nature.
Andlee is Founder of the Label Karera Records Berlin. He has released tracks on several Labels from Germany and was always playing at the best clubs of Germany. His own Label releases tracks of different artists and organizes Label parties in Berlin and the rest of Germany. In summer they also organize an amazing festival just outside of Berlin City in the middle of nature with a great line up. We are looking forward to the Karera Boys in Arosa again.
In 2010 the DJ and producer from Oranienburg Dennis Beutler felt the urge to move to the German capital Berlin. Once bitten by the techno bug, he was dancing to underground music for years until he decided to act behind the DJ booth himself. Since 2012 Dennis Beutler is presenting his grooving compact Tech-House Sound in well-known Berlin sceneclubs like Ritter Butzke, Kosmonaut, House Of Weekend, Suicide Circus and his own family club Magdalena. With the wish in mind to create own music Dennis Beutler started producing in 2013. After a fruitful period in his studio he released his debut on Deich Records, the sublabel of Damm Records in January 2014. His „Moving Your Feed“ Ep was published on vinyl and digital and was highlighted with Remixes from SoKool and Glanz & Ledwa.
Mr. Blevins is a DJ and Producer from England. Not many people are aware of Ian Blevins though they definitely should be! His DJ sets show a range of variation from Funk to R&B to typical electronic sounds. Because of that he is also one of the Resident DJs at the We Love...@Space Ibiza Party as well as the Carl Cox Revolution Party at Space Ibiza during the summer season. As a producer he does a lot of work together with Jem Haynes and has a few tracks on the Colour Series Compilation.